CFP: Wider Screen: The Cinema of Aki and Mika Kaurismaki (2/07; online journal issue)

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Kaapa Pietari Mr \(FTV\) p327735
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Call for Papers - Wider Screen 02/2007 - The cinema of Aki and Mika

The films of Finnish directors Aki and Mika Kaurismäki are multifaceted
texts that balance between a variety of cultural tropes. The films are
simultaneously national and international; they deal with Finnish national
myths alongside the globalisation of national culture; the films blur the
distinctions between high culture and low culture both in terms of thematics
and aesthetics; they circulate the globe in both commercial and festival
releases, gaining widely discrepant critical and commercial receptions.

Aki and Mika Kaurismäki are, of course, very different film-makers and it
would be counterproductive to label them under a singular type of
'Kaurismäki-cinema'. Regardless, their films share many thematic aspects,
from a persistent sociological consciousness to a fascination with the
internationalising nature of national societies. The purpose of this special
issue of Wider Screen is to illuminate the wide-ranging and multifaceted
cultural life of Aki and Mika Kaurismäki's films. The papers can approach
Aki or Mika Kaurismäki's films individually or examine the overlaps in their
film-making styles, methods of production, distribution and/or reception.
The papers can deal with (but are not restricted to) the following themes:

National identity - national cinema - internationalism - transnationalism -
locality- globalisation - gender - generational differences - class -
music - auteurism - stardom - adaptation - genre - language - distribution -
marketing - festivals - reception

Please send article proposals to Pietari Kääpä ( The
ideal length of articles is 2.000-3.000 words. First drafts should be ready
by the end of March 2007.

While Wider Screen is a mostly Finnish language publication, we encourage
English language contributions for this issue. Wider Screen is an
internet-based journal for both popular and academic writings on
audio-visual culture.

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